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>>> hello there. welcome to "newsline." glad you to join us. it's thursday, september 9th, 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> energy giant bp has concluded that the catastrophic gulf oil spill was caused by a linked series of mechanical and human failures involving multiple companies. its report has immediately been met by a backlash. the investigation was conducted by a team of bp and outside experts, and disclosed on wednesday. the report blames eight interlinked findings for the incident or accident including the poor quality of cement used to contain hydrocarbons at the sea bottom and the rig crew's delay in noticing irregular ates. outgoing bp representative tony hayward says a series of events led to the tragedy. he insisted transocean and others are responsible. transocean immediately issued a comment calling the report a self-serve attempt to conceal the real cause of the explosion that started the disaster. it said bp had made a series of cost-saving decisions that increased the risk of an accident. the accident in april in the gulf of mexico left 11 dead an
stock prices and u.s. bleak economic outlook caused it to ease concerns about japan's committee. the representatives of 50 cities from around the world are in south korea to talk about how they can better use information technology, they're launching a council to promote i.t.-based administrative services. the city of seoul called tuesday's meeting. the south korean capital has computerized most of its services including the issuance of resident certificates. >> i expect the power of i.t. to create a wave of mutual collaboration that will reach out to every city around the world. >> the mayor also expressed hope the council would provide business opportunities for south korean firms. the meeting featured an exhibit of cutting edge service technology developed by south korea's samsung and lgl electronics, among others. it included a global positioning system monitor that shows the wait times at bus stops. also on display was a system that sends hospital prescriptions to a pharmacy online so that patients can pick up medication without a long wait. >>> japan's panasonic has develo
likely year. in the late 1990s kim jong un studied in switzerland for several years. at school, he used the name pak u.n. and it is said he identified him self as theon of the north korean ambassador to switzerland. one of his former classmates says he was polite and quick to learn the german language. kim jong un apparently enjoyed playing basketball and dreamed of becoming a professional player. kim jong un is said to have returned to pyongyang around 2000 and to have attended university in the north korean capital. no information has been available on his whereabouts since that time. there is speculation that kim jong-il has chosen jong un to succeed him due to his son's leadership abilities and strong mindedness. china's special envoy to the six-party talks has said he heard that kim jong un is tall, like his grandfather, kim ill song who established communist rule in north korea. >> we are covering issues regarding the korean peninsula and thank you very much for joining us. north korea has named kim jong-il's third son vice chairman of the central military committee of the worker'
, septeer 2nd, 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. in washington, u.s. president barack obama has met israeli and palestinian leaders on the eve of direct peace talks. during a meeting on wednesday with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, obama condemned wednesday's killings of four jewish settlers. >> united states will be unwavering in its support of israel's security. we will push back against these kinds of terrorist activities. >> oba said he would not allow extremists to derail the peace process through violence. in a separate talk with palestinian president mahmoud you abbas, obama praised him for condemning the incident. they will resume direct talks on thursday for the first time in 20 months. obama wants an agreement within 12 months. but difference its over on the construction of jewish settlements and other issues are likely to weigh heavily on the upcoming negotiations. >>> three scesse bombs have blasted a shia muslim procession in eastern pakistan, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 150. the explosions occurred in la hor on wednesday night as thousands of
. the fishing boat sank. last year, chinese vessels surrounded a u.s. navy research ship and blocked its way to the south china sea. the you state decided to become even more vial janet. vial intelligent. it dispacted an aircraft carrier to vietnam, the first political contact between the two countries since the vietnam war. it deployed an unmanned surveillance aircraft in guam. the high-tech drone can cover the whole china sea. >> americans realize that to have an enduring strategy for a peaceful and prosperous asia, you you need to have a strong relationship with asean. and that does have to do with china. >> china is boosting its military presence in the east asian seas. both the united states and asean are keen to contain any possible threat as for the fight over the senkaku islands, the focus of public attention has now shifted to what the japanese government will do next. >>> foreign minister, seiji maehara has urged naoto kan to insure the safety of four japanese nationals detained in the country. the minister summoned the chinese ambassador on monday. he requested that japanese diplo
-year high against the u.s. dollar. the chairman of the kansai economic federation, hiroshi shimozuma made the appeal when he met the economy and trade minister masayuki naoshima in tokyo on monday. shim o sum ma said businesses in the kansai region maintained strong exports and imports until july but they have been severely affected by the sharp rise of the yen. the region comprises six prefectures including osaka and kyoto. he said more companies will have to transfer operations overseas if the yen gets stronger. he added that the government appears to lack a sense of crisis. the minister responded that the yen's appreciation is his biggest concern because it will push down the profits of japanese companies in the short term and may also force more japanese firms to move overseas. he said the government realizes it is necessary to introduce further measures quickly. he said that his ministry is drawing up plans to make it easier for businesses to invest in japan. >>> a suicide bomber drove a car into a police station in northwestern pakistan on monday killing at least 19 people. the
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